Brownie-Cookie-Toffee Layer Bars

Today’s lunch wasn’t really all that exciting, but it did include another variation of this mango smoothie. Delicious, I’ll tell ya.

But I figured, rather than post a repeat of that, how about I share that recipe I owe you all?

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Awww, I knew you wouldn’t mind.

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Over the weekend, my friend Kate asked me to “make something chocolate” for her 4th of July party. I thought about cupcakes, but then I realized I had already done enough of those.

So then I debated back and forth between cookies and brownies; and that’s when it hit me. Why not make both?

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So it happened. And it was glorious.

Now I’m fully aware that I am not the first person to think of doing this, clearly. In fact, Jessica just recently outdid me (as she usually does, because her recipes are just out of control) with her Triple Layer Chocolate Chip Cookie-Fudge Brownie-Peanut Butter Blondie Bars.

Yeah, I know…

So while mine may not be triple layered, they are double layered, and complete with the addition of two of my favorite ingredients: Caramel & Heath Bar Bits.

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I’m still not quite sure what to call these, besides the obvious “Brownie-Cookie-Toffee Layer Bar,” but if you come up with anything better, let me know. I’m open to suggestions.

Now when I told you the other day that these are not healthified in the slightest…well, I really wasn’t kidding. But sometimes, a dessert deserves to be 100% unhealthified, right?

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Brownie-Cookie-Toffee Layer Bars

Ingredients:

Cookie Layer (slightly adapted from my Chocolate Chip Cookie Cups recipe)

  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 package Toffee Heath Bar Bits
  • 1/2-1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Brownie Layer

  • 1 box fudgy Brownie Mix (I used Betty Crocker Family Size, 9×13) + ingredients called for on box
  • 1/4 cup butterscotch caramel ice cream topping

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix together butter and sugars with electric mixer on medium speed until pale and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Reduce speed to low. Add vanilla and eggs; mix until well blended, about 1 minute. Mix in flour, baking soda, and salt. Stir in Toffee Heath Bar Bits and chocolate chips. Spread evenly into bottom of a 9×13 baking pan sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.

Mix together brownie mix as directed on package, also adding in 1/4 cup of caramel topping.*  Pour brownie batter over the cookie dough layer. Bake at 350 degrees F for 50-60 minutes. Allow to cool completely before cutting into bars. ENJOY! Smile

*I believe that the butterscotch caramel topping is what caused the brownie layer to bake slightly uneven. My guess would be that the edges would not bubble out as much if the topping were not included, but I have yet to try it. The middle was still pretty soft and probably could have used a few more minutes of baking, but I didn’t want the edges to crisp up more. Either way, they still tasted great.

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And don’t forget…

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When enjoyed amongst friends, these little treats are calorie-free.

Question for the Afternoon:

Cookies or Brownies?

Comments

  1. says

    That is a tough one! I love brownies but one is more than enough, however I could eat lots and lots of cookies before I get sick of them so I am going with COOKIES!

  2. says

    Those look amazing!

    … honestly I”m so craving a sweet something or other right now I couldnt choose, but usually cookies!

  3. says

    Brownies. Hands down. They tend to be richer, and last longer than cookies. If I eat one brownie I am usually satisfied, but I can never eat just one cookie!

  4. says

    Those need to get in mah belly asap! I’m a cookie girl all the way. As much as I like to healthify recipes, sometimes only good ol buttah and sugar will do :)

  5. says

    Sorry, you can’t make me decide. 😉 I love both equally. Which is why this dessert is so genius!

    But nothing beats a really good, soft chocolate chip cookie. Those would probably win over almost any dessert!

  6. Tiffany says

    Wow! Those brownies look amazing! I actually have a kitchen question for you. What color did you paint your kitchen (and brand)? It looks like a neutral gray in the pictures and I have about 7 colors on the wall at the moment trying to pick out a color. Thought maybe you could help. Thanks so much!

  7. Andrea says

    i’m SO happy you posted this recipe. I’ve been eyeing these and hoping it wasn’t something at the party a relative made because they looked absolutely delish. i know what i’m making this weekend!

  8. says

    You are killing me, my dear. Killing me. I will have to find some friends to enjoy these with because I’m sure I’ll eat half the pan, and I can’t have those calories counting! 😉

  9. Meredith says

    I made these this weekend. Your baked goods are the best1 Nutuella Choc Chip cookies, these brownie bars and the flag cake are my favorites! Thanks for sharing.

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